Daily Running

I’ve been wondering if running five days a week is okay for me to do, and I’ve been doing a lot of reading to find out what the right answer is. I’ve heard over and over that running is worse than walking for exercise, and that too much running, or even daily running, will wear down the joints in the legs. The conventional wisdom has been to ride bikes, swim, or do something every other day to allow the joints in the legs to rest. However, I’ve found more recent and respected authorities who advocate running daily as being a great way to stay healthy, get fit, and for those without joint problems, to keep joints healthy. I’ve been worried about injuring myself, so I’ve been taking it slow, but lately, I’ve felt the desire to run on my off days. It’s a strange, nervous, uneasy feeling in my leg muscles when I don’t run. I feel like the only way to make that feeling go away is to run.

So, starting soon, I’ll begin running daily. I will still be taking it easy, to be sure, but I will be doing it daily. I need to continue to get into better shape, and to lose more weight. My final goal is just 14 lbs away, and I want to get there by the end of the year, if at all possible.

If you were like me and never liked running or wanted to run as exercise, I recommend you rethink it and give it a try. I will admit that it sucks in the beginning, but as time goes by, and if you take it slow and easy with day(s) of rest in between runs, it gets easier and actually even enjoyable. I’m to the point now where I look forward to it. Not so much because running is so fun (I’m not that crazy yet), but because my legs feel so much better afterward. It’s almost like a relief to get done with a run.

If you don’t want to run or even try running, do something. I actually started with push ups. Getting stronger led me to start running. Baby steps are better than no steps.

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  1. I run just about everyday with no problems. The thing to do is change it up everyday. Your body will adapt to the same motion everyday and you won’t progress. One day do a slow pace, next day do sprints, next slow, next day do hills, run different courses. Sprints are the fasted way to loose it and hills build up endurance. Jog and walk. Keep your body guessing. As far as knees and joints weight lifting a couple days a week is great, bike or some other form of exercise. Build up the muscles in your legs to take stain off your knees. Build your core to take pressure off your back and please take at least one rest day a week. You won’t get better if you don’t rest. Trust me. I have learned the hard way. Listen to your body. You will have good days and bad days. If you have no get up and go don’t go.

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